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playing with fire. crews hope to burn off a giant oil spill in the gulf now feared to be five times worse than originally thought. let the debate begin. senate republicans reverse course on financial reform. and foot in mouth. an open mike gets british prime minister gordon brown in hot water. >> it was a disaster. just a bigoted woman. ridiculous. >> this is the "cbs morning news" for thursday, april 29th, >> this is the "cbs morning news" for thursday, april 29th, 2010. captioning funded by cbs good morning. thanks for joining us. i'm michelle gielan. the amount of oil leaking into the gulf of mexico from that sunken drilling rig may be significantly worse than first estimated. five times worse. a new third leak was discovered
at the rig site wednesday. federal officials now estimate 5,000 barrels of oil a day are spilling into the gulf. today winds in the gulf are expected to push the 100 mile long oil slick closer to the coast. a test burn to try to slow the spill was successful and today crews are expected to try to burn off more of the oil. don teague reports. >> reporter: when the burns began, crews will target the thickest area of oil, corralled with fire resistant boom into floating pools at least two millimeters thick, then towed away from the rest of the slick and set on fire for an hour. what's left will be hardened tar balls which can be easily scooped up with a net. >> i don't think you're going to stop this oil from reaching land. the question is where, how much, and what's the impact. >> reporter: the deepwater horizon tragedy has reignited the debate over offshore drilling. in the gulf alone, there are more than 3500 oil and gas platforms with about 35,000 offshore workers.
they produce more than 1.7 million barrels of oil per day, almost 30% of total domestic production. environmental groups say the disaster proves offshore drilling isn't worth the risk. >> we've always said that oil and gas drilling is a dirty and dangerous business, both in terms of pollution, but also in terms of what damage can be done to workers and the environment. >> reporter: but cbs news recently spent a day on board shell's platform 200 miles off the coast of texas. the world's newest and deepest drilling and production rig. president marvin otum says technological innovation makes this $3 billion platform safe while pumping enough oil to run 2.2 million households. >> this is really what runs our economy today. now, the energy mix will shift over time. but the scale of it is such that we're talking about many, many decades. this is going to be important to us for many, many decades. >> reporter: so it's an ongoing battle between the need for energy and the safety and
potential environmental impact of drilling offshore. don teague, cbs news, new orleans. after voting three times to stop debate on financial reform, senate republicans threw in the towel. the debate begins this afternoon. the republican leadership relented after democrats agreed to some adjustments once the bill reaches the floor. kathryn brown is in washington with the latest. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. and republicans feel they're in a bit of a tough spot here. they don't want to appear sympathetic to wall street and unleash yet another financial free-for-all. so they did agree to open up debate. but they're very clear, they oppose certain parts of this bill. and it's going to be a long road before reform becomes reality. republicans may have given in to the financial reform debate, but they haven't given up. >> we have many amendments that we intend to offer. >> reporter: after a three day standoff, the gop will begin proposing their changes on the senate floor this afternoon.
they agreed to move forward after democrats offered some concessions. among them, dropping a $50 billion bailout fund that would have been paid for by banks. >> many of us felt that that fund sent a signal to big banks that they would be backed up if they engaged in risky procedures or products. >> reporter: both parties plan to make amendments. republicans will target the consumer protection provisions while democrats will likely try to limit the size of banks. >> clearly we both share, as everyone does in this chamber, our determination that we never again have institutions that become too big to fail. >> reporter: the debate will take at least two weeks, but president obama is hoping the senate passes the bill sooner rather than later. >> it is the right thing to do. >> reporter: on his way back from promoting the measure in illinois, the president told reporters he was pleased with the senate's progress. he says everybody was hurt by the crisis on wall street. >> this shouldn't have to be a partisan nation.
>> reporter: the true test of bipartisanship will come during debate time. democrats need 60 votes to pass financial reform and they'll need at least one republican to do it. and senators expect this debate to be very intense. in fact, senator bob corker of tennessee went so far as to say he expects a real debate that just might shock americans. michelle? >> kathryn brown in washington. thanks. the first legal challenge to arizona's tough new immigration law is expected today. a latino clergy group argues the law violates due process. returning from a trip to the midwest wednesday, president obama says he supports immigration reform, but opposes the arizona legislation. >> what i think is a mistake is when we start having local law enforcement officials in power to stop people on the suspicion that they may be undocumented workers.
because that carries a great amount of risk that core values that we all care about are breached. >> the president also said he's not sure if there's enough of an appetite in congress to deal with immigration reform this year. it appears that military prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty against ft. hood shooter nidal hasan. hasan is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder in a shooting rampage last november. a military jury can only impose the death penalty if there is an aggravating factor. well, prosecutors say the fact that more than one person was killed in the same incident meets that requirement. there are reports this morning that the leader of the taliban in pakistan did not die in a u.s. missile strike. u.s. and pakistani intelligence officials originally thought that mehsud was killed in a january air strike.
the taliban always denied he was killed. well, today several pakistani intelligence officials say mehsud was the only person to survive the attack suffering only minor injuries. for the second day in a row, students in china were the target of a stabbing rampage. this morning a man with a knife wounded at least 28 children, two teachers, and a security guard at a kindergarten in eastern china. five students are in critical condition. a man was arrested for another knife attack on wednesday. he allegedly broke into a primary school in southern china wounding 15 students and a teacher. on the cbs "moneywatch," stocks in asia were mixed this morning. and emily smith is here in new york with that and more. emily, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. nervous traders in asia as fears over europe's debt crisis lingered. most stock markets posted slight gains while the hang seng was mostly down. today wall street gets the weekly jobless claim numbers. wednesday the market bounced back after the fed decided to
keep interest rates low and said the economy is shaping up. the dow gained 53 while the nasdaq edged up a fraction. so far this week the major indexes are down about 2%. beginning today, airlines face a new penalty for keeping passengers waiting on the runway. the transportation department says domestic flights that sit on the tarmac for more than three hours may receive a fine of up to $27,500 person passenger. airlines will also need to provide water and snacks when the wait is longer than two hours. some carriers fear the new rules will force them to cancel more flights. the nation's foreclosure hot spots appear to be cooling. a new survey by realty trac says cities in california, florida, nevada and arizona posted a decline in foreclosures compared to last year. the report says it's partly due to government aid and probably not a true sign that those cities are in the clear. toyota is recalling 50,000 sequoia suvs from 2003. the company says it needs to
work on the vehicle's electronic stability control system. without the upgrade, the suv may slow down unexpectedly. so far there have been no reported accidents or injuries. and get ready for square watermelons. yes, a company in panama is shipping, that's not them, but they're shipping the first batch to the u.s., but buyer beware, the square fruit instead of the oval one costs about $75 a piece. they're funny looking. they're perfect squares and i guess they're easy for stacking and storing. >> i love it. genetic manipulation or whatever that is. emily, thanks. and just ahead on the "morning news," is man's best friend a wife's best friend? plus, a new breast cancer test aimed at taking the guesswork out of treatment. first katie couric has a preview of tonight's "cbs evening news." a look at two of america's most notorious crime cities. how one is making its streets safer while the other battles growing violence. our special report tonight only on the "cbs evening news."
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more than 50,000 last year. but if it's not likely to spread, they may not need mastectomies. >> it would be wonderful to say to these patients just a surgical lumpectomy is enough for you, you don't need to do more. >> experts call it a promising new test, but warn more research is needed. now to a different kind of mental health, the kind that involves talking to a sympathetic listener like your dog or cat. now, get this. one-third of women, 33%, say their pets are better listeners than their husbands. 18% of men say the same about their wives. and one in ten pet owners talk about their troubles with their furry, feathered friends. and if you picture the boy scouts, you may think of learning how to tie a fancy knot or light a fire in the rain. but what about video games? they're offering awards for playing video games. it may not help a young person survive the woods, but it will help them pass the time while others struggle with those knots.
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and time now for a check on the national forecast. the latest satellite picture shows clouds scattered across the northern plains. skies are clear over the southeast and southwest. now, later today, scattered showers will be developing over the northern plains. the ohio valley and northeast remains mainly dry. and more scattered rain and mountain snow showers are likely around the northwest. in sports, the phillies played catchup on the field and in the standings. in san francisco, ryan howard tried his hand at giant killing with a solo homer off tim lincecum in the fifth. the giants came back to lead it 4-1, but jayson werth tied it in the ninth with a three run double. and in the bottom of the 11th, grounder, threw home and brian schneider made the tag to cement the win. that puts the phils half a game behind the surprise mets who held on first place in the nl
east by sweeping the dodgers. the mets won 7-3 and now head to philadelphia for a weekend set. in the american league, jim tomey hit his 568th home run in detroit to put the twins up 2-0. in the sixth, things got crazy with minnesota leading 6-5, johnny damon hit a line drive to denard span. look at this. he dropped the ball while trying to throw. the umpire ruled no catch. the twins manager protested and was tossed. that opened the gates for the tigers who scored five in the inning and went on to win 11-6. in the nba playoffs, milwaukee is one win away from a major upset. visiting atlanta, the bucks rookie point guard brandon jennings scored 25 points and milwaukee beat the favored hawks 91-87. the bucks could take the series with a win tomorrow night in milwaukee. when we return, we'll take another look at this morning's top stories.
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on the "cbs morning news," here's a look at today's weather. scattered rain and mountain snow showers will be developing across the northwest and northern plains. the northeast has a much warmer day and the southern plains and southeast will be dry and pleasant. here's another look at this morning's top stories. there's a new leak at that sunken oil rig in the gulf of mexico. 5,000 barrels of oil are estimated to be spilling into the gulf every day. crews hope to burn off more oil later today. and the debate over financial reform begins this afternoon in the senate. republicans agreed to move forward following three no votes. in britain, national
elections will be held a week from today. tonight party leaders go head to head in their final televised debate. it's expected to be overshadowed by a huge blunder made by the prime minister yesterday. in an embarrassing comment caught on microphone. charlie d'agata reports. >> reporter: prime minister gordon brown was hot on the campaign trail when he ran into jillian duffy and a whole lot of trouble. the 65-year-old grandmother pressed him on the touch issue of britain's immigration policy. >> all these eastern europeans welcome him in. >> reporter: it looked like they left on good terms. >> you're wearing the right color today. >> reporter: but he forgot to take off the microphone and let loose in the car. >> a disaster. never should have put me with that woman. whose idea was that? >> reporter: asked what duffy said to upset him, brown told the aide -- >> everything. she's just a bigoted woman. >> reporter: a short time later, the tape was played back during a bbc radio show featuring the prime minister and it looked like he failed to notice the camera was on him. in an instant, gordon brown's
blunder became front page news here. trailing in third place, the prime minister needs every vote he can get. he even went to duffy's home to try to get hers back. he spent the best part of an hour apologizing. >> i misunderstood what she said and she has accepted that there was a misunderstanding and she's accepted my apology. >> reporter: but he lost her vote. fighting for his political life, gordon brown can now only hope his mistake hasn't cost him many more. charlie d'agata, cbs news, london. a balloon project in the australian outback that went bust, the scientific balloon got loose. it got widely dragged across the desert crashing into a car and narrowly missing bystanders. high winds are blamed. it was supposed to launch this morning, part of a project to study gamma rays in space. the good news is no one was injured and the equipment was saved. i'm michelle gielan.
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